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INDI1AN WAUlRS AND PIONEERS OF TEXA1S.
Death of Maj. Charles G. Bryant.
The isolated murder of this estimable gentleman,
by the Indians, occurred about fourteen months
after the events herein described, but being in the
same section of the State, the facts are added to
this chapter, with some other matters of interest
in relation to him and his family.
Charles G. Bryant was born in 1803 at Thomaston,
Maine, and was long captain of a company in
Bangor, being of an ardent military temperament.
Being also a warm sympathizer with the rebellion
in Canada in 1837-8, he crossed the border in the
latter year and joined his fortunes with those in
arms against the British power. In their final defeat
he was captured, tried and sentenced to death.
By the intervention of friends, at great hazard to
themselves, on the night before his appointed execution,
he escaped from prison, and by relays of
horses previously provided, rode in a gallop from
Montreal to Bangor. A large reward was offered
for him, dead or alive, and to escape extradition he
chartered a small vessel, on which, with his elder
son, Andrew Jackson Bryant, leaving the remainder
of his family behind, he sailed for Galveston, arriving
there in January, 1839. His son entered the
Texas navy, as midshipman, won esteem as such,
and in the naval battle off Campeechy in the spring
of 1843, was fearfully wounded, displaying the
highest order of heroism. He sailed from Galveston
for New York a few months later for medical
treatment and to bring out his mother and the other
children, but the vessel went down at sea. No tidings
of it or any of its human freight were ever
received. In January, 1845, Mrs. Bryant arrived
in Galveston, accompanied by their sons, Charles
C. (now an employee on Texas Farm and Ranch),
Martin, Clinton and Wolfred N. (now of Dallas).
During the Mexican war, probably in 1846 or
1847, Maj. Bryant removed his family from Galveston
to Corpus Christi. It had been reinforced
at Galveston by the birth of a son named Edwin,
and a daughter, now of Dallas, and known throughout
the State from her brilliant and patriotic poetical
effusions, as Mrs. Welthea Bryant Leachman,
a favorite pet of the Texas Veteran Association, to
whom she is endeared by ties honorable to her
mind, her genius and her heart.
Maj. Bryant was a prominent and valued citizen
of Corpus Christi. He was mustering officer of the
three companies of Texas rangers, commanded
respectively by Capts. John S. Ford, John G.
Grumbles and Charles M. Blackwell. On the 11th
of January, 1850, he left Corpus Christi on horseback
for Austin, on business growing out of this
official position, crossing the reef at the head of
Corpus Christi bay. Early on the next day, about
nine miles from Black Point, and in plain view of
several persons who had fortunately discovered the
danger and concealed themselves in some chaparral,
he was completely surprised, murdered and robbed
by a party of nine Indians. He had on his person
several hundred dollars in gold, and a large amount
in bank bills. In that locality he had no reason to
apprehend danger, but though surprised, he fought
with desperation, till overwhelmed by the odds
against him. The concealed and unarmed spectators,
though being unseen by the Indians, and seeing
their approach in time to save themselves, could
give no warning to him whcse life was at hazard.
Southwest Coast in 1850
Henry McCulloch's Fight on
the San Saba in 1851.
In 1849 and 1850, while Gen. Brooke, with head
as to create a constant sense of insecurity among
quarters at San Antonio, was in command of the the scattered population of that section. It will be
Ulnited States troops in Texas, there ww such a remembered, as shown elsewhere, that on the Ith
succession of Indian raids into the coast country of January, 1850, Maj. Charles G. Bryant, of Corbetween
the San Antonio and Nueces rivers, and pus Christi, was killed by one of those raiding
west of the latter stream in rear of Corpus Christi, parties.
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